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February 2019 Newsletter

What’s New

Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E., F.NSPE, as President of the Lower Hudson Valley Branch of ASCE, and Director of Communications and Past President of the Rockland County Chapter of the NYS Society of Professional Engineers  invites you to join the Engineers’ Week celebration taking place on February 20th at the Palisades Mall which will include educational lectures and an Engineers’ Week Proclamation by Rockland County Executive Ed Day.

Recent Projects

  • Forensic engineering consultation regarding the need for safety glass for a storefront at a Bronx strip mall
  • Evaluation of building code compliance for alterations to a residential structure in Pomona, NY
  • Evaluation of the slip resistance of flooring at a Queens, NY mutli-family dwelling

New York now requires changing tables in public men’s restrooms

On January 6th CNN reported that “change is coming to men’s restrooms in New York — and it’s going to be a big help to fathers all over the state…A new law requires all new or renovated buildings in New York that have bathrooms used by the public to make changing tables available to both men and women…The rule, which passed in April 2018 but didn’t go into effect until the new year, applies to restaurants, stores and movie theaters as well as state facilities such as parks and offices of the Department of Motor Vehicles…At least one changing table must be available to both genders on each floor of a building that is accessed by the public, according to the law. The legislation also states that building managers should post clear signs showing the location of the nearest available changing table”.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. makes it a priority to remain aware and knowledgeable of ongoing building code updates and similar regulatory changes so that we can incorporate same into our designs and inform our clientele of such new regulations which might affect their properties. Firm President, Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E., F.NSPE, maintains his certification as a NYS Code Enforcement Official to ensure same. Please contact our office to discuss how we can be of assistance to you regarding inspecting, reviewing, and/or certifying your applicable structures, sites, or plans for such compliance matters.

2019 National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls Announced

On January 9th The Hudson River Valley Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals reported that “OSHA has announced that the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls will take place on May 6-10, 2019. Employers and workers are invited to participate in this the fourth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. The weeklong outreach event encourages employers and workers to pause during the workday to discuss fall hazards and how to prevent them. Sadly falls are still the leading cause of death in the construction industry, accounting for 37 percent of fatalities industry-wide”.

Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E., F.NSPE, as Immediate Past Chair of the National Society of Professional Engineers PE’s in Construction Interest Group, spent last year helping to facilitate discussions between Professional Engineers across the country on important matters such as safety and innovation in the construction industry. Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to consult with property managers, real estate developers, builders, attorneys, contractors, insurance professionals, adjusters, and other related parties regarding construction site safety issues. Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

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